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  • This Theologian Has An Answer To Atheists’ Claims That Evil Disproves God

    01/03/2018 10:09:34 AM PST · by Heartlander · 67 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 3, 2018 | John Sweeney
    This Theologian Has An Answer To Atheists’ Claims That Evil Disproves GodTaken at face value, the problem of evil appears to be a devastatingly convincing argument against the existence of the Christian God. Many atheists today argue that the existence of suffering is powerful evidence against the all-good, all-powerful God of Christianity. Many philosophers, both Christian and atheist alike, believe the “problem of evil” to be the most persuasive argument in favor of atheism.Dr. Peter Kreeft, a prolific author and professor of philosophy at Boston College, states in “Making Sense Out Of Suffering” that “the most powerful argument for atheism...
  • Contrast thread: Box office popularity of the Best Picture winners of the 1950's.

    01/03/2018 10:00:22 AM PST · by Simon Green · 42 replies
    1950: "All About Eve" #2 1951: "An American in Paris" #6 1952: "The Greatest Show on Earth" #1 1953: "From Here to Eternity" #1 1954: "On the Waterfront" #14 1955: "Marty" #37 1956: "Around the World in 80 Days" #2 1957: "The Bridge on the River Kwai" #1 1958: "Gigi" #5 1959: "Ben-Hur" #1 8 of out 10 in the top 10, and 4 #1 hits. Bit of a difference compared to today's films!
  • Woman shot while streaming argument on Facebook Live (Chicago)

    01/03/2018 9:29:29 AM PST · by simpson96 · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/3/2018 | Staff
    <p>CHICAGO — Chicago police say a 27-year-old woman was wounded in a shooting that occurred while she was streaming on Facebook Live.</p> <p>The Chicago Tribune reports the shooting happened Tuesday afternoon on the city’s South Side. Police say the victim was arguing with another woman who was seated in a car. The woman in the vehicle then pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots, striking the victim in the arm.</p>
  • Not a single "Best Picture" winner of the last 10 years has been a hit film.

    01/03/2018 9:27:46 AM PST · by Simon Green · 131 replies
    Perhaps if the Acadamy Awards picked Best Pictures that anyone actually saw, they'd be more relevant. Here's a list of the box office rankings of the winner of the Best Picture awardvfor the last ten years: 2016 Moonlight: #101 2015 Spotlight: #62 2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): #78 2013 12 Years a Slave: #62 2012 Argo: #22 2011 The Artist: #71 2010 The King's Speech: #18 2009 The Hurt Locker: #116 2008 Slumdog Millionairee: #16 2007 No Country for Old Men: #36 To get to a year in which a Best Picture winner cracked the Top 10,...
  • Megyn Kelly Is Writing a Tell-All Book About Matt Lauer's 'Today' Scandal

    01/03/2018 9:22:56 AM PST · by simpson96 · 53 replies
    Closer ^ | 1/3/2018 | Closer Staff
    When the sexual misconduct scandal involving Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein exploded in October, Megyn Kelly had an idea. "She started thinking about writing a book," an insider recently told Life & Style. She felt she had unique insight since before joining NBC and the Today show in 2017, she’d spent years at Fox News, which had been embroiled in its own sexual harassment scandals — including some she knew about firsthand. Then, when Megyn’s Today colleague Matt Lauer, 60, was fired in late November after his misconduct was exposed, "that lit a fire under her," the source shared. Now Megyn’s...
  • Refugee Admissions Are Drastically Different Under Trump...Here's How

    01/03/2018 9:11:23 AM PST · by Signalman · 4 replies
    TownHall ^ | 1/3/2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    The Trump administration has taken a drastically different turn from the Obama administration when it comes to the refugees that have been admitted to the United States during the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2018, which began October 1, 2017 and ended December 31, 2017. The difference is related to the faiths of the new refugees. Sixty percent have been Christians while only 13 percent have been Muslim. This follows a similar pattern during the president’s first 11 months in office, as reported by the Center for Immigration Studies: Refugees admitted in the first 11 months of the Trump administration...
  • How to get Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement

    01/03/2018 9:10:20 AM PST · by fireman15 · 42 replies
    CNET ^ | 01/02/2018 | Rick Broida
    Most phone owners come to realize that an old battery is a weak battery, one that gradually loses capacity. But it turns out that an old battery can also be a performance-killing battery, as evidenced by Apple's recent revelation: Owing to an intentional software feature, some iPhones will run slower if they have older, failing batteries. Fortunately, there's a simple fix: Get a new battery. Previously, Apple charged $79 for such a swap, but effectively immediately, you can get a replacement battery from Apple for just $29. That's for any iPhone 6 (£27.00 at uSwitch) or later.
  • If you could have lunch with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be?

    01/03/2018 9:07:52 AM PST · by HonkyTonkMan · 210 replies
    03 January, 2018 | HTM
    If you could have lunch with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be?
  • Meryl Streep attacks Melania and Ivanka Trump for their 'silence' on sexual harassment

    01/03/2018 9:04:52 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 85 replies
    Washigton Examiner ^ | 1-3-2018 | Caitlin Yilek
    Award-winning actress Meryl Streep took a shot at first lady Melania Trump and White House adviser Ivanka Trump for their “silence” on sexual harassment. Hollywood and Washington have been grappling with sexual misconduct allegations in recent months, and numerous well-known men in the media, politics, and the entertainment industry have been forced to resign or were fired as accusations surface. In an interview with the New York Times published Wednesday, Streep was asked about her own silence on the allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. “I don’t want to hear about the silence of me. I want to hear about...
  • SpaceX shows off its Falcon Heavy rocket vertical on the launchpad

    01/03/2018 8:59:24 AM PST · by Simon Green · 16 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 01/03/18 | Darrell Etherington
    SpaceX is getting ready for its first ever test flight of the Falcon Heavy, its heavy-duty rocket aimed at propelling large cargo loads into low Earth orbit. The rocket uses three Falcon 9 boosters combined for maximum load capacity when leaving Earth's atmosphere, and it's looking to do its first test launch within the next few weeks from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rocket made its way to the Cape Canaveral launch facility late in 2017, but now it's actually vertical on the launchpad, undergoing its long preflight test check list before the actual attempt is made. SpaceX celebrated...
  • Sahuarita promoter helps spread Pickleball across southeast Arizona

    01/03/2018 8:55:13 AM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Dan Shearer
    SAHUARITA — Sahuarita and a handful of other Arizona communities, including Sierra Vista, have or are considering whether to invest in what’s billed as America’s fastest-growing sport — Pickleball. Some would call it forward thinking. Others would suggest they’re already light-years behind other communities busy building Pickleball courts and hosting tournaments. From the beginning Pickleball is a cross between tennis, ping pong and badminton. It’s played with a paddle and plastic ball on a surface roughly a fourth the size of a tennis court. The game has less running and slower ball speed than tennis, so has attracted a strong...
  • Saturn's Rings are a Recent Addition to the Solar System, Cassini Observations Show

    01/03/2018 8:45:08 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Science ^ | December 12, 2017 | Paul Voosen
    The first line of evidence comes from the mass of the rings. For years, many scientists leaned toward a large mass, greater than that of Saturn's moon Mimas, because of the opaque, dense appearance of Saturn's primary ring, the B ring. Enough grist to form a massive ring could have only been supplied billions of years ago, when the early solar system was chock full of planetesimals... [Second] Iess leads Cassini's radio experiment team, which used tiny Doppler shifts in the spacecraft's radio signal to determine the mass of objects it orbited. When Cassini began threading the gap between Saturn...
  • Florida’s 1.5 Million (felon) Missing Voters

    01/03/2018 8:38:42 AM PST · by pabianice · 50 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/3/18 | Editorial Board
    Today, Florida disenfranchises almost 1.5 million of its citizens, more than 11 states’ populations and roughly a quarter of the more than six million Americans who are unable to vote because of a criminal record. Felon disenfranchisement is a destructive, pointless policy that hurts not only individuals barred from the ballot box, but American democracy at large. Its post-Civil War versions are explicitly racist, and its modern-day rationales are thin to nonexistent. It can make all the difference in places like Florida, which didn’t stop being competitive in 2000; the state remains a major presidential battleground, and victories for both...
  • Fleet of robotic ships, subs, and satellites is the future of offshore drilling: Study

    01/03/2018 8:31:08 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | John Siciliano
    A fleet of drone ships would be a key part in staving off another major offshore oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a new report issued by a task force created after the worst oil spill in the energy industry's history. The National Academies of Sciences' Gulf program issued a report Wednesday that calls for the creation of a fleet of robotic ships, miniature drone-like submarines and underwater gliders to track oil flows along the Gulf's sometimes unpredictable underwater currents. Tracking oil's movements under the water, not just at the surface, became a key problem after the...
  • Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Steve Bannon says in explosive book

    01/03/2018 8:17:45 AM PST · by Be Careful · 185 replies
    The guardian UK ^ | 3/1/18 | D Smith
    Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian. Trump-Russia investigation: the key questions answered Read more Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.” Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with...
  • Noise forces London-bound Delta passengers to return to Atlanta – twice

    01/03/2018 8:16:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 3, 2018, 10:10 AM
    A Delta flight departed from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday. The pilot heard a noise, and the aircraft was forced to return due to engine problems, CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV reports.   Passengers then boarded a second flight that left at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday night. The pilot heard a noise again, and the aircraft returned to the gate Wednesday at about 1:45 a.m.  Alex Brown, a passenger, reportedly said he heard a loud banging on that flight.... "And (a Delta official) came back on and said we're going to turn around. Everything is OK with the...
  • California Democrat Wants to Mandate State Colleges Have Abortion Pills Ready for Students

    01/03/2018 7:41:52 AM PST · by Cheerio · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 29, 2017 | Grace Carr
    California lawmakers are debating whether to adopt a bill that would require California’s public universities and colleges to offer abortion drugs at their health centers. Senate Bill 320, sponsored by state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, will mandate that the state’s community colleges and public universities provide women with abortion pills for up to 10 weeks of pregnancy so they don’t face the “burden” of traveling to obtain an abortion. While the bill—if passed—isn’t set to take effect until 2020, it would also require the state’s public university health centers that don’t already offer abortion pills to provide transportation to an...
  • ike Tyson Preparing to Revolutionize Marijuana Industry, Breaks Ground on ‘Tyson Ranch’

    01/03/2018 7:37:14 AM PST · by bgill · 46 replies
    theblast ^ | Jan. 1, 2018 | Gary Trock
    Mike Tyson is starting the New Year with green on his mind, because he’s leading the charge on a cannabis resort that aims at not only producing high quality strains of THC and CBD, but also implementing cutting-edge technology to advance the research on the health benefits of marijuana...California City is expecting a big boom in cannabis production and development as the “Green Rush” hits California now that marijuana is officially legal as of midnight. We’re told Tyson Ranch will be dedicating 20 acres of their land for cultivation facilities that “will allow master growers to have maximum control of...
  • He Fights [summary of Trump's style]

    01/03/2018 7:35:19 AM PST · by freedumb2003 · 18 replies ^ | 7/13/2017 | Evan Syet
    My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.” Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. ... This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob. I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s...
  • Fed-up passenger sought fast track on Ryanair wing

    01/03/2018 7:05:14 AM PST · by bgill · 19 replies
    mysa ^ | Jan. 3, 2018 | AP
    A passenger on a delayed Ryanair flight from London who apparently got fed up waiting to get off a plane after it landed in the southern Spanish city of Malaga surprised fellow passengers by using the emergency exit to jump onto a wing. The incident on New Year's Day took place 30 minutes after the flight from Stansted Airport landed. The man, who has not been named but is said to be a non-Spanish citizen, was coaxed back onto the plane while police were called. Fellow passenger Fernando del Valle Villalobos, who videoed the incident, said he heard the man...